Lakers’ Legend Magic Johnson Endorses LeBron James for MVP

Published 01/14/2021, 12:28 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James’ continued his spectacular start to the NBA season after another good performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder, putting up 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. LeBron has been playing at a high level since the start of the season and has led the Lakers to a 10-3 record, the best in the NBA. Due to his splendid leadership and performances, he is already in the MVP conversation.

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Magic says LeBron for MVP

Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter to give his two cents on James’ MVP contention. He tweeted out, “If @KingJames continues to play like he is right now, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be league MVP!”.  

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Johnson has been one of James’ biggest supporters and was instrumental in bringing him to Los Angeles in 2018.

Magic Johnson is right when he says LeBron James is currently the front-runner in the MVP race. Even at 36 years of age, James is showing that he is one of, if not the best player in the NBA.

Currently, James is averaging 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists for the season. His play has been crucial for the Lakers with him improving other members of the team.

LeBron, who won his first league MVP in 2009, finds himself in the MVP conversation almost every season. After his 2009 triumph, he went on to win three of the next four league MVP titles, only missing out in 2011 to Derrick Rose.

LeBron James chasing MVP #5

However, since 2014, James has not won an MVP title, despite being one of the best players in the league consistently. Many have attributed this to voter fatigue towards James as it becomes tiring to see the same player consistently win the MVP accolade. However, few can deny that James has been excellent on a regular basis.

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Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, James was a top contender for the MVP. However, he was snubbed for Giannis Antetokounmpo who was awarded his second consecutive MVP title.

James was unhappy with the snub as less than 20 journalists voted him as number one on their ballot. He used that motivation to lead the Lakers to the chip and won Finals MVP in the process.

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Can LeBron James win his fifth MVP this season? If he does, he will tie Michael Jordan for the second-most regular-season MVP titles. Matching Jordan has always been a goal for LeBron, and he can get one step closer with a fifth MVP.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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